Apr 6, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) sits on the bench during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Pelicans seeking third team in Omer Asik trade?

The New Orleans Pelicans are trying to make strides this offseason that will ensure they’re at the very least more competitive in the Western Conference than they were last season and that’s why they seem to be getting aggressive this offseason with who they add and target.

So far, they’ve added no one as free agency has been quiet and the Omer Asik trade cannot be finalized until July 10th. In the meantime, it appears the Pelicans are going after a third team to add to their proposed trade with the Houston Rockets as they look to acquire a small forward they desperately need.

Per Nola.com:

On draft night last week, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said they were still in conversations with the Rockets to finalize the deal. Under league rules, the trade cannot be approved by the league until after its moratorium ends this upcoming Thursday.

The Pelicans could be looking to involve a third team and also pursue trying to fill their biggest need at small forward by a trade instead of free agency, sources said.

New Orleans is not guaranteed a winning season in 2014-15 or even 2015-16, but the matter is that they need to get better now and they’re at least being proactive in trying to achieve that goal before looking ahead at how to make all their new pieces work moving forward.

Tags: Houston Rockets New Orleans Pelicans

  • BoxChamp316

    I saw this on another website and I agree with it.

    3 way deal with Pelicans, Rockets, and Bucks.

    Pelicans send protected 1st rd pick 2015 to Houston.

    Houston sends Omer Asik, 1.5 mil cash to NO.

    Houston also sends their 2015 1st rd pick to Bucks, with Jeremy Lin.

    Bucks send OJ Mayo, ZaZa Pachulia to NO.

    Bucks recieve Eric Gordon and Pelicans 2015 2nd rd pick.

    WIN WIN for all teams involved. Rockets clear space giving up Lin and
    Asik, without giving up Parsons despite losing their 1st rd pick they
    still recieve a protected 15 pick from Pelicans.

    Pelicans clear
    space by trading Gordon, gains a quality backup Center behind Asik,
    despite losing 2nd rd pick they get a capable 6th man in OJ Mayo.Bucks recieve Houston 1st rd pick, with NOs 2nd rd pick. Jeremy Lin, and Eric Gordon who may just need a change of scenery